We all have a part to play to stop the spread of COVID‑19. This includes protecting ourselves and others by practicing good hygiene and social distancing.
For more information about South Australia’s COVID-19 response, visit covid-19.sa.gov.au
The information here has been developed to help you cope best during the current COVID-related restrictions, whether you are some who uses tobacco, alcohol and other drugs every so often, or more regularly. This period may be an opportunity to think about taking a break from tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Reducing other health risk factors to improve your general health at this time is important.
If you or someone in your household is drinking alcohol or using other drugs, or would like to change their use during this period, you can look at this information to recognise the risks, stay safer, manage withdrawal symptoms, and support them.
This site also provides information on how to support yourself or others maintain recovery – recognising that many people are having to find new ways to maintain their wellbeing while social distancing.
Stay home and rest
Call your doctor
During this uncertain time, you may find yourself drinking more alcohol or using other drugs to cope with anxiety, stress, negative moods or unpredictable changes in your life. This can result in harms and risks for you and others around you.learn more
We know that some people increase their alcohol use during a social crisis or natural disaster. A survey of Australians shows that since the COVID-19 crisis began, around one in five people have purchased more alcohol than usual and the majority are drinking more and have concerns about their alcohol use and the drinking of others in their household.learn more
People in recovery from alcohol and other drugs often benefit from meaningful connections with others. Staying at home changes how available those connections are.learn more
Generally, people who use alcohol and other drugs have the same risk as the rest of the population of contracting COVID-19. However, people who are physically unhealthy are likely to have worse effects if they contract the virus.learn more
Taking a break from alcohol and other drugs during COVID restrictions? Great choice. Preparing for possible withdrawal symptoms will help you maintain any changes you make.learn more
It’s great that you are supporting someone to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drugs. Being in the same house 24/7 can make it harder to release tension, and can make the situation feel more intense.learn more